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RULE §213.33 Self Contained, Closed Products

Published: 2015

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Effective September 1, 2006, unless an exception is approved
by the president or chancellor of an institution of higher education
or an exemption has been made for specific technologies pursuant to §213.37
of this chapter, all EIR developed, procured or changed by an institution
of higher education shall comply with the standards described in this
subchapter. Each institution of higher education shall include in
its accessibility policy the following standards/specifications:
  (1) Self contained products shall be usable by people
with disabilities without requiring an end-user to attach assistive
technology to the product. Personal headsets for private listening
are not assistive technology.
  (2) When a timed response is required, the user shall
be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required.
  (3) Where a product utilizes touch screens or contact-sensitive
controls, an input method shall be provided that complies with Telecommunications
products in §213.31(11)(A) - (D) of this subchapter.
  (4) When biometric forms of user identification or
control are used, an alternative form of identification or activation,
which does not require the user to possess particular biological characteristics,
shall also be provided.
  (5) When products provide auditory output, the audio
signal shall be provided at a standard signal level through an industry
standard connector that will allow for private listening. The product
must provide the ability to interrupt, pause, and restart the audio
at anytime.
  (6) When products deliver voice output in a public
area, incremental volume control shall be provided with output amplification
up to a level of at least 65 dB. Where the ambient noise level of
the environment is above 45 dB, a volume gain of at least 20 dB above
the ambient level shall be user selectable. A function shall be provided
to automatically reset the volume to the default level after every
  (7) Color coding shall not be used as the only means
of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response,
or distinguishing a visual element.
  (8) When a product permits a user to adjust color and
contrast settings, a range of color selections capable of producing
a variety of contrast levels shall be provided.
  (9) Products shall be designed to avoid causing the
screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than
55 Hz.
  (10) Products which are freestanding, non-portable,
and intended to be used in one location and which have operable controls
shall comply with the following:
    (A) The position of any operable control shall be determined
with respect to a vertical plane, which is 48 inches in length, centered
on the operable control, and at the maximum protrusion of the product
within the 48 inch length.
    (B) Where any operable control is 10 inches or less
behind the reference plane, the height shall be 54 inches maximum
and 15 inches minimum above the floor.
    (C) Where any operable control is more than 10 inches
and not more than 24 inches behind the reference plane, the height
shall be 46 inches maximum and 15 inches minimum above the floor.
    (D) Operable controls shall not be more than 24 inches
behind the reference plane.

Source Note: The provisions of this §213.33 adopted to be effective April 27, 2006, 31 TexReg 3379; amended to be effective September 16, 2008, 33 TexReg 7744; amended to be effective September 18, 2014, 39 TexReg 7565